Fearing religious satire: Religious censorship and satirical counter-attacks

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The article examines the history of the fear of religious satire in modern Europe. The article argues that this fear primarily concerns the potential dissolution of 'the social bond of society' or 'the moral and social order'. From the 17th Century until today, censorship measures and blasphemy legislations are Thus primarily founded on arguments concerning moral, social or public order. The article furthermore argues that although anti-censorship satire gradually weakened the legitimacy of censorship, the notion of religion as 'the social bond of society' is still operative in contemporary blasphemy legislation and conservative identity politics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComics and Power : Representing and Questioning Culture, Subjects and Communities
EditorsAnne Magnussen, Rikke Platz Cortsen, Erin Lacour
Number of pages25
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge Scholars Press
Publication date1 Feb 2015
Pages198-223
Chapter10
ISBN (Print)1443870862, 9781443870863
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015

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